The Crucible is a 1953 play written by Arthur Miller telling the story of the Salem Witch Trials. Hell breaks loose in Salem, Massachusetts when a group of young girls go off into the forest, “practice” witchcraft, and call the devil. In the play, women play a very important role in the conflict of the play. Women, in the play, are treated as weak beings who do what their husbands say. How women were treated in the play is a pure reflection of the Puritan beliefs during that time. Women were only viewed as ‘caregivers’ or ‘housewifes.’ They were viewed as if their only job was to reproduce and support the family with food. Most women in The Crucble are very kind and very respected throughout the town, but none of them have any authority or power.
Many women in the play, like Elizabeth Proctor, Martha Corey, and Rebecca Nurse, are very pure hearted and kind people but as mentioned before, they have no power. These women devoted their lives to take care of their families. In The Crucible, Elizabeth Proctor is mother to three childeren and a suporting wife. In the town of Salem, Massachusetts, she is known to be one of the most honest people and is very respected by everyone, regardless of her great qualities, she is seen as a second-class citizen, as were most women in the 50’s. In Puritan society and in The Crucible, men always dominate and this concept is shown in Elizabeth Proctor’s life.


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